Systems and Networking Reading Group - Spring 2019

Co-organizers: Shuwen Jethro Sun ( & Connor Zanin (

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Meeting time and location

Time: Weekly Thur 2:30-3:30 pm

NOTE: We have changed our meeting time

Location: ISEC 632

Meeting Schedule

Thur, Jan 10, 2019: Blockchain

Lead student: Connor Zanin

Thur, Jan 17, 2019: Software Defined Networking & Network Function Virtualization & P4

Lead student: Shuwen Jethro Sun

  1. Paper: NetChain: Scale-Free Sub-RTT Coordination (NSDI ’18 best paper)

    1. Optional for NetChain: P4: Programming Protocol-Independent Paket Processors (SIGCOMM ’14 CCR) – You can only read the abstract!

    2. Related material: ZooKeeper: Wait-free coordination for Internet-scale systems and notes on zookeeper

  2. Paper: An Industrial-Scale Software Defined Internet Exchange Point (NSDI ’16, community award and ATC ’16 Best of the rest)

    1. Optional for iSDX: Section 1-6 of SDX: A Software Defined Internet Exchange (SIGCOMM ’14)

Thur, Jan 24, 2019: Machine Learning for Systems, and Systems for ML

Lead student: Giorgio Severi

Thur, Jan 31, 2019: Cloud computing – Serverless

Lead student: Shuwen Jethro Sun

Thur, Feb 7, 2019: Networking in the wild

Lead student: Hira Javaid

Thur, Feb 14, 2019: IoT systems and Networks

Lead student: Muhammad Ali

Thur, Feb 21, 2019: Programming Languages for Systems

Lead student: Shuwen Jethro Sun

Thur, Feb 28, 2019: NSDI ’2019, no meeting

Thur, March 7, 2019: Spring break, no meeting!

Thur, Mar 15, 2019: PhD open house events etc. No meeting!

Thur, Mar 21, 2019: Recap from NSDI ’19

  • Cristina, Connor and I will lead a recap session for NSDI ’19. The format is probably 30 min of brief recap plus 30 min of open question/discussion.

Thur, March 28, 2019: What is still missing in systems research – Diagnosis/Testing

Lead student: Shuwen Jethro Sun

Thur, April 4, 2019: What is still missing in systems research (cont'd) – Security/Measurement

Lead student: Amogh Pradeep

Thur, April 11, 2019: Formal Verification

Lead student: Hira Javaid


Reading group covered topics

NU SysNet reading group draft schedule

Systems seminar at UIUC


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